Mickey Rourke for "Monkey's Nest"?

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Mickey Rourke plays the title role with this performance that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His co-star Marisa Tomei was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. As Randy "The Ram" Robinson, Rourke is a once-on-top pro wrestler whose been reduced to working odd jobs and wrestling at shabby venues on weekends. Despite his failing health, Robinson attempts to find romance with a stripper (played by Tomei) while also reaching out to his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood).
February 18th, 2014

Mickey Rourke is in talks for 'Monkey's Nest'.

Retired boxer Ray Mancini wants the 61-year-old actor to star as the confidante of a single father who struggles to prevent his daughter from falling in love with a mob associate, in the new film which he is co-producing.

The 52-year-old sportsman hopes to make Rourke an offer ''within weeks'', according to the New York Post newspaper.

Mancini is convinced 'Monkey's Nest' has the elements needed for a successful film since it contains both action and romance.

He said: ''It's a story of a father wanting the best for his child.

''There's action, there's romance ... it's a good story.''

Rourke was catapulted to the spotlight in 80s films 'Barfly' and 'Angel Heart' but left acting and became a professional boxer in the early 90s.

The star made his comeback in Hollywood in 2005's crime thriller 'Sin City' before he won BAFTA award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2008's 'The Wrestler'.

More recently Rourke starred in 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Expendables'.